OnePlus is a new smartphone maker based in China founded by a former Oppo executive. Today the company has released its first high-end smartphone, which is simply called the One. With its 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 3GB of RAM and a 13MP camera, the One's specifications are on a similar level as other flagship devices released this year, such as the Sony Xperia Z2, HTC One M8 or Samsung Galaxy S5

However, the One is quite unusual in two ways: its price and its operating system. At $299/€269 for the 16GB model and $349/€299 for the 64GB variant, the One is a significantly better deal than the competing devices mentioned above and even cheaper than Google's Nexus 5

In terms of operating system, the One comes with CyanogenMod 11S, an Android 4.4-based version of the community-based CyanogenMod ROM which is more customizable than the Android versions that most manufacturers pre-install on their devices. It comes with a very "less is more" user interface design but OnePlus says the stock CyanogenMod design will be available through its theme engine and store.

With a 13MP Sony sensor, F2.0 aperture, 4K video and 120 fps slow motion at 720p, the One offers very solid camera specs. With a price point that compares favorably to many mid-level devices the One could become the device of choice for many mobile photographers who prefer Google's Android over other mobile operating systems.  The new phone will initially be available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK and the US. No official release date has been given yet. 

Key Photographic/Video Specifications:

  • 13MP Sony Exmor CMOS sensor 
  • F2.0 aperture
  • 6 lens elements
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 5MP front camera
  • 4K video
  • 720p slow-motion video at 120 fps

Other Specifications:

  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC
  • CyanogenMod 11S OS (based on android 4.4)
  • 5.5-inch 1080p display, 401 ppi
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16 or 64Gb storage
  • 3,100 mAh battery